Burnley v Cardiff is the fixture which will basically decide if the Welsh side can stay in the Premier League. Nothing but a win here will do and it’s a huge 6 point clash in that regard. Burnley have improved dramatically towards the end of the season, playing much better Dyche ball (hoofball) with Chris Wood now managing a sustained period without injury. They are solid at the back and have started to find the back of the net. Cardiff play in a very similar style and with both sides struggling at the bottom of the table it’s more and more being seen as the archaic version of the game. Cardiff don’t have enough goals and Burnley can sit back happy with a draw. That should leave them vulnerable on the counter and Burnley should have enough to take all 3 points at home.
Aston Villa are hitting form at exactly the right time, this run has taken them comfortably into the play-offs led by the inspirational Grealish. A couple more wins will see them secure a play-off spot and they can then look at resting players and preparing for the end of season shoot out. They’ve won the last 5 and are full of confidence coming in against a Bristol side in a very similar set of circumstances. Bristol are 4 clear of Boro with a game in hand and a win here would certainly increase their play-off chances. They’re unbeaten in the last 5 with 3 wins and a draw, unfortunately Villa at home look to strong right now.
The pressure of the automatic promotion race is weighing heavy on both Sheffield United and Leeds right now. The draw against Birmingham in midweek saw them unable to go back into 2nd, now 1 point behind Leeds. Sheffield United get the chance to go 2nd with Leeds playing later in the day. They’ve 3 wins, 1 draw and a defeat in the last 5 games but have struggled to create chances of late. Milwall are 2 points above the dropzone and love to play the villains. They relish a challenge to ruin someones day and with every point to play for they will be looking to stifle the promotion charge. I expect this to be a very tight game and a low scoring draw is worth a bet at 3/1.